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Israeli museum exhibit spotlights urban shade

An installation on urban shade at the Design Museum in Holon, Israel, uses modules that irrigate vegetation that can cool air and block sun. (Design Museum Holon)

Across the globe, cities are creating open-air public spaces to foster community and imbue placemaking. During peak sunshine hours, however, those spaces are often empty due to lack of shelter from the sun. Luke Tress reports for the Times of Israel that a new exhibit at the Design Museum in Holon, Israel, highlights innovative approaches to urban shade.

Many of Israel’s cities were modeled after European designs that don’t account for searing desert heat, the article says. A museum contest will solicit ideas for five “shade structures” around the central Israel city.

The exhibit includes shade coverage composed of plants, hollow balls and mesh strips, among other materials. Curators explore concepts that might work elsewhere, such as a mock-up for a sun shield to protect an island off Abu Dhabi. The project is a partnership of the museum, the municipality and the Beracha Foundation, a Jerusalem philanthropy. The Urban Shade exhibit runs through October 31. 

Times of Israel

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